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Oregon’s Coffee Shops Continue to Perk Up

Employment and wage data are classified according to the North American Industry Classification System, or NAICS, and coffee shops and stands are classified in the snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars industry. This industry includes other establishments serving items such as donuts, pretzels, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. In 2018, there were 1,370 establishments in this […]
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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent in May

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in May, from 4.3 percent in April. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 31 months, dating back to November 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in both April and May. During this economic expansion, Oregon’s unemployment rate has been lower […]
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Truck Transportation in Oregon Holds Steady at 18,800 jobs in 2018

Oregon’s truck transportation industry leveled off in 2016, averaging 18,800 jobs, ending a six-year, post-Great Recession growth spurt. The industry’s employment held steady in both 2017 and 2018. At its 2006 pre-Great Recession peak, truck transportation averaged 19,700 jobs. Truck transportation hit bottom in 2010 with 16,500 jobs, leaving a gap of 3,200, or 16 […]
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On the Rise: Single-Person Households | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

The other week The Wall Street Journal had a fascinating article on the rise of single-person households and how companies are offering and redesigning products to better meet the needs of individuals rather than those of, say, a family of four. State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access directly from the Wall Street Journal, […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: A Look Back at Minimum Wage Jobs in 2018

Between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019, Oregon’s minimum wages were $12.00 per hour within the Portland urban growth boundary, $10.75 standard, and $10.50 in nonurban counties. Roughly 7.5 percent of all jobs paid minimum wage or less in Oregon in the third quarter of 2018. The share of jobs paying minimum wage ranged […]
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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases July 1, 2019

Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2019, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $12.50 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $11.25 in other areas of the state. Oregon’s three minimum wages will be in the top […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: 2019 Oregon Wage Data

Th The 2019 version of the Oregon Employment Department’s annual summary of occupational wage information is now available. Thanks to survey responses from employers around the state, wage scales for over 700 job categories have been calculated. Regional wage information is also available; however, wages are published only for those occupations that meet certain criteria […]
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Eugene-Springfield Economic and Housing Outlook | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Like Oregon overall, job growth in Lane County has slowed in recent years as the regional economy begins to approach full employment. However, as we have discussed before, Eugene-Springfield underwent major structural changes during the Great Recession. In particular the manufacturing losses of the RV industry and the chip plant still weigh on economic data […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon’s Current Workforce Gaps

Oregon’s private employers had 58,000 job vacancies at any given time in 2018. They reported a majority of them (33,000 or 57%) as difficult to fill. In a mature economic expansion with unemployment rates at or near historic lows for two years, a lack of applicants posed the greatest challenge to businesses filling job vacancies. […]
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High Tech Employment Totals 91,000 in 2018.

The core high-tech industry is a crucial and dynamic piece of Oregon’s economy. Core high-tech industries are defined as industries with a concentration of STEM employment at least five times higher than the national average for all industries. In December 2018, private-sector employment in core high-tech industries reached 92,634, and those employers paid more than $893 […]
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